IMPORTANT NOTICE: The FHIS administrative and faculty offices, along with the FHIS Learning Centre, will be temporarily relocated to the Ponderosa Annex starting July 13, 2019. Read more.

Message from the Department Head

July 2019 | "Although it may feel like summer has barely started, preparation for the next academic year is well underway. Be on the lookout for many new initiatives in the Department this fall." Read more.

Killam Teaching Prize recipient shares about Community Engaged Learning

Dr. Maria Carbonetti was awarded the 2019 Killam Teaching Prize for excellence in teaching.

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Professor Ralph Sarkonak reflects on 36 Years at UBC

Upon his retirement, Dr. Ralph Sarkonak shares some parting words for the FHIS community and reflects on the highlights of his fruitful career. 

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Arianna Dagnino's The Afrikaner addresses Colonialism, Reconciliation & Transcultural Literature

Dr. Arianna Dagnino's four years as a journalist in South Africa inspires her latest fiction novel.

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Alumna brings Spanish degree to Law School

What can you do with your degree? Astghik Hairapetian shares how her BA in Spanish and International Relations helped her pursue a career in international law and human rights.

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Study Abroad: Reflections on Lyon, France

Ever consider studying abroad? Serena Huang shares about her experiences in Lyon, France for a Go Global Seminar.

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Undergraduate Co-op Student of the Year

Gabriela Ilanos utilizes her double major in Spanish and International Relations for her co-op at Global Affairs Canada.

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FHIS Graduate Student Conference 2019: Call for Papers

If you are interested in submitting a paper to "On the Move: narratives of displacement, travel and mobilities," please send an abstract to by July 15.

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Jesse Barker: from PhD Student to Associate Professor

Former FHIS graduate student reflects on his career development in academia.


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Summary of Research Activity: 2018-2019

From academic publications, conference presentations, to successfully defended theses, our faculty and graduate students have made incredible contributions this year.

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Crimea: The Invisible War

Dr. Sima Godfrey investigates the concept of ‘collective forgetting’ in relation to France’s often overlooked role in the Crimean War.

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Bridging Transatlantic & Transpacific Studies

Dr. Kim Beauchesne offers a decentered perspective on the cultural contacts between Asia, the Americas and Europe.

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African Literature, Culture & Technology in Brazil

Dr. Alessandra Santos explores the dynamics of African diaspora in Brazil as expressed through art and developments in tech.

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Mobilities & Cultures: Italy, China, North America

Dr. Gaoheng Zhang seeks to refine cultural mobility analysis through a case study on Italy, China and North America.

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Refashioning Women Writers of the French Renaissance

Dr. Nancy Frelick analyzes constructions or preconceptions surrounding gender.

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A Cognitive & Philological Invesitgation of Genre in Medieval French Literature

Dr. Patrick Moran examines experimental medieval texts and how literary genres emerge.

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Utopian Memory in African & Caribbean Francophone Literatures

Dr. Gloria Onyeoziri-Miller contemplates the notion of 'memory' as a source of utopia.

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Arts & Ideology in the 21st-Century Arab World

Dr. Farid Laroussi uncovers the connection between arts and ideology in his upcoming book on the 21st-century Arab world.

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Salvador Dali: Homo politicus

Dr. Maria Soledad Fernandez Utrera studies the politics surrounding the artwork of Salvador Dali.


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